Founded in 1891, Kalispell is now a bustling small city and home to much history, culture, commercial activity and outdoor recreation. Old west charm, breathtaking scenery, bustling businesses, a welcoming community, a casual lifestyle, and exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities, it is no wonder that Kalispell was named "The Best Mountain Town in America" by Mountain Sports and Living magazine. Art and culture is everywhere in Kalispell. Huckleberry, a 2000 pound carved bear, greets visitors at the corner of Main and Center Streets, and murals grace historic buildings. There are studios, galleries, art festivals, and cultural events all over town. As the cultural center of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is home to the Conrad Mansion Museum, the Museum at Central School, and the Hockaday Museum of Art. Kalispell hosts the Glacier Jazz Stampede each October, and the city sponsors a Picnic in the Park summer concert series in Depot Park. The Glacier Symphony and Chorale performs in Kalispell and throughout the Flathead Valley.
For shopping and services, Kalispell has it all with everything from a quaint historic downtown district with unique local shops, cafes, and fine dining, to major national retailers, banks and services throughout town.
Web site: www.KalispellChamber.com
Events and Festivals
Great Rockies Sportshow
Held in mid-March at the Flathead County Fairgrounds.Vendors for camping, fishing, hunting, boating, RVs and other outdoor adventures. www.greatrockiesshow.com
April - October
Kalispell Farmers' Market
Farmers market provides a wonderful opportunity for area folks to showcase their products in a social and fun atmosphere while highlighting the flavor of the local area. Shoppers enjoy the freshness and taste of locally grown foods and the opportunity to personally interact with the farmer who grows the produce. Farmers market typically offer locally grown bedding plants, herbs, flowers and farm grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. 406.752.3350
Artists & Craftsmen of the Flathead Summer Outdoor Show
Held in mid July. Artists and craftsmen of the Flathead will host the Summer Show. Local fine artists and crafters display and sell their work. You will find one of a kind items such as beading, birdhouses, candles, carvings, woodwork items, fabric crafts, jewelry, leatherwork, art, porcelain work, dolls and stuffed animals and more.
Arts in the Park
A benefit for the Hockaday Museum held the fourth weekend in July each year in Kalispell’s Depot Park. The festival is the largest art and music festival in Northwest Montana. With over 100 fine artists and craftsmen, wonderful foods, and great entertainment, this juried art show is a benefit for the Museum and a favorite for browsing and buying jewelry, photography, paintings, and pottery.
Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo
Held at the Flathead Fairgrounds in mid August. Includes parade, fireworks, rodeo, concerts, concessions, and more.
Glacier Jazz Stampede
Held in early October. This
four-day, four-venue music festival features Traditional, Ragtime, Dixieland, Big Band and Swing Jazz.
406.755.6088 or www.glacierjazzstampede.com
November & December
Christmas at the Mansion
Held Thursday - Sunday starting after Thanksgiving through the end of December.
Tour the most beautifully preserved pre-1900s mansion in Montana and experience the elegance of a bygone era. 406.755.2166 or www.conradmansion.com
The Conrad Mansion in Kalispell, Montana sits proudly today on the edge of the original townsite, atop a bluff overlooking the valley and the Swan mountain range. When Charles E. Conrad, a founder of Kalispell, arrived in the Flathead Valley in 1891, this lovely town with its tree-lined streets was still but a dream. But Conrad had vision, and he felt that not only had he found a good investment opportunity, but also a permanent home for his descendants. Along with establishing the Kalispell Townsite Company and eventually the Conrad National Bank, he had this gracious Victorian home built for his beloved family in 1895 in what was then a wilderness. 406.755.2166 or www.conradmansion.com
Hockaday Museum of Art
The Hockaday Museum of Art’s exhibitions focus on the art and culture of Montana and the artists of Glacier National Park. The Museum offers rotating exhibits of works by nationally renowned and emerging artists and a permanent exhibition entitled “Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Gallery.” Children will enjoy a Discovery Gallery with hands-on activities, which change in theme along with the rotating exhibits. Shop for unique gifts created by local artists in the Museum’s Off the Wall Gift Gallery. Browse through a great selection of books on the art, history, and culture of Montana as well as pottery, jewelry, cards, t-shirts, and unique works created by local artists. The Hockaday is housed in a turn-of-the-century Carnegie Library Building that is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The more than 100-year-old building, now handicapped accessible, has undergone significant renovations to create a sophisticated museum setting while retaining the building’s historic beauty. 406.755.5268 or www.hockadaymuseum.org
The Museum at Central School
In 1999, the Northwest Montana Historical Society renovated the 1894 Central School building - one of the first such buildings in the Flathead Valley and one of the a few lasting examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture which still retains its original appearance. 406.756.8381 or www.yourmuseum.org
Wagon Train Tours
The wagon train route includes semi wooded areas, rivers, streams, and majestic Rocky Mountain view. The wagon train tours offers two types of tours: one that offers a quiet time to enjoy the outdoors and the soothing crackling fire in the evenings, the other is a more custom tour which offers entertainment in the evenings such as cowboy poetry and songs. All meals are cooked in the wide open spaces and consumed around the camp fire as did the early pioneers. Sleep in conventional dome tents. Travel either in the wagon or on horseback as an outrider. The wagon trip takes you up high along a mountain side where you can look into 'onto the Rocky Mountains' and see the 'height, breadth and grandeur' of this natural wonder. Then it drops down into the meadows and follows along the Flathead River. The camps are situated along this pristine river. 406.755.9801
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, the fourth largest National Park in the U.S. in the lower 48 states, is comprised of 1.4 million acres of breathtaking beauty and is one of the oldest scenic wonders in the United States. The famous Going-To-The-Sun Road, carved out of solid rock and completed in 1932, is approximately fifty miles long, bisecting the Park east and west. This breathtaking trip to the top of the Continental Divide is one of the most scenic in the world. www.NPS.gov/glac/
Skiing & Snowboarding
Big Mountain Ski and Summer Resort 406.862.7669, www.BigMtn.com.
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 406.844.0999, www.BlacktailMountain.com.
Water Park & Swimming Pool